Oh Cat People (or really Pet People) I am so upset. I just got slapped with a big dose of reality.
My cat is 18 years old and when she found me the vet estimated she was about six months old, so, we've been together forever.
She's had kidney disease for a couple of years now, but, her numbers were staying pretty much the same and she was hovering between stage 1 and 2. She get fluid therapy 2 times a week to try to keep it that way and she has renal blood work done every three months.
She had her blood work done Tuesday and the Dr. called with the test results. She is stage 3 and her phosphorous is really, really high. I cannot get the phosphorous binder into her. The powder, in, under, on top of the food it doesn't matter, she refuses to eat then. The liquid, the last time I wound up having to put her in a pillow case and neither of us came out of the unscathed. The Dr. said they will give it when she gets her fluid therapy so it will be 2 times a week instead of every day, but, she said, 1) she did not her to get so wigged out that it breaks our bond and she becomes scared of me or just hates me and 2) some is better than nothing.
I asked her what the out look is and she said Well, she won't be her next October. But it is not going to be in the next few weeks either. She said as long as she is still feisty and giving the girls what for when she get her fluids (it takes 2 of them to do it) that she (the DR) is happy but when Shana just lays there and lets them do it we will have to have a serious talk.
I just lost her daughter (that's her in my avatar over there) who was 17 in June to cancer.
I am just so scared and upset. I am trying not cry because when I get upset Shana knows it because she comes and pets my face with her paw and head butts me and I don't want to get her upset.
I know going by what the Dr. said it is not dire, but she basically said less than 12 months.
I am sorry this is so long, I just needed to vent so people that understand and kind of try to wrap my head around it.
Needless to say it's done wonders for my anxiety, but, so far (knock wood) it doesn't seem to have triggered my depression.
Thanks for letting me just spew this all out.